TAX & BENEFITS

By affecting where and how we live, learn, work, consume, and save, America’s tax and benefit systems shape economic opportunity and security. Our work on taxes and benefits emphasizes detailed research-based ideas for raising revenues while improving and establishing new benefit systems that address the changing and complex needs of governments, families, and communities.

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REPORT | January 2018

The Difference Between Surviving and Not Surviving: Public Benefits Programs and Sexual Violence Victims’ Economic Security

This new report from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence along with the Georgetown Center on Poverty & Inequality highlights the urgency of strengthening public benefits policies at the state and federal levels so that they better meet the needs of people facing domestic violence and sexual assault.

 

Earned Income Tax Credit

OP-ED | April 2017

Reforming the earned income tax credit could be a bipartisan victory

As the debate in Washington turns to tax reform, improvements to the earned income tax credit (EITC) is one of the policy options that can help bring together both sides of the aisle.

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REPORT | Fall 2016

Strengthening Unemployment Protections in America

In partnership with the Center for American Progress (CAP) and National Employment Law Project (NELP), the center released a report on modernizing unemployment insurance for a 21st century economy and establishing a new Jobseeker’s Allowance.

FACT SHEET | June 2016

A Plan to Improve Unemployment Protections in America

This document succinctly summarizes recommendations laid out in the 2016 CAP, GCPI, and NELP report, “Strengthening Unemployment Protections in America.”

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY | June 2016

Strengthening Unemployment Protections in America: Intro & Summary

Summary of the 2016 CAP, GCPI, and NELP report, “Strengthening Unemployment Protections in America,” on modernizing unemployment insurance for a 21st century economy and establishing a new Jobseeker’s Allowance.

BRIEF | July 2016

Where States Are and Where They Should Be on Unemployment Protections

CAP, NELP, and GCPI identify the main challenges facing states’ unemployment insurance (UI) programs; provide recent state-level data; and recommend steps that states can take to substantially strengthen their UI programs.

EVENT | July 2016

Strengthening Unemployment Protections in America: A Discussion

Rep. Sandy Levin (D-MI) and White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Jason Furman explain the need for unemployment insurance (UI) reform. Co-Executive Director Indivar Dutta-Gupta served on a panel of experts to debate UI and the Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA).

REPORT COVERAGE | June 2016

Wall Street Journal article feature: “Should an Unemployed Uber Driver Be Eligible for a “Job Seeker’s Allowance?”

The Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality’s report on Job Seeker’s Allowance is referenced in identifying the main challenges facing unemployed Uber drivers eligibility for job seeker’s allowances.

REPORT | June 2016

Unemployment Insurance Modernization and Eligibility

Updated, independent analysis from the Urban Institute commissioned by the center, CAP, and NELP—which shows that just three of the center’s proposed reforms would significantly increase the share of newly unemployed workers who are protected by UI.

REPORT | September 2017

Security & Stability: Paid Family and Medical Leave and its Importance to People with Disabilities and their Families

This report by The Arc and GCPI is the first to contribute an overview of the disability angle on paid leave. The findings highlight why a comprehensive, national paid leave program is needed in the U.S. for all workers, including people with disabilities and their families. We also propose that a national paid leave approach should be accessible to all working people, including those with disabilities and their families.

Kali Grant, T.J. Sutcliffe, Indivar Dutta-Gupta, & Casey Goldvale

INFLUENCE | February 2015

Comments on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Reauthorization

The center submitted comments on the discussion draft of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) reauthorization bill to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human.

OP-ED | April 2015

TANF’s not all right

Though TANF seemed promising to some in its first four years, evidence from the last 15 raises alarms and suggests a need for new strategies to help disadvantaged families.

ARTICLE | Fall 2015

Poverty and Inequality in America: Why We Should Care and What We Should Do

Two-generation approaches to poverty reduction and the Earned Income Tax Credit.

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